Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Breaking Point is the sequel to Article 5. In Breaking Point Ember Miller is on the run from her country’s morality-based army. Ember, now a member of the anti-government resistance, and is mistaken for the “Sniper,” a radical rebel who picks of soldiers as an act of anarchy. This book was better than Article 5, but the pacing of this story was sub par and the characters still fell flat.

–O.M. (15)

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind takes place in a world where children (orphans) are used as organ donors against their will. The ethical dilemma is that, technically, the “unwound” children are alive after their organ donations. The book focuses on the lives of children who are on the run to avoid being unwound. The plot of the book and the characters were very good, but the writing style was terrible.

–O.M. (15)

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Charlie lives in a dystopian future kingdom where citizens are divided into castes based off the languages they can speak. Charlie possesses the gift of being able to speak any language, a talent that, if found out, would result in her execution. Do not be fooled by the interesting concept. This book is terrible. The characters are undeveloped and boring, the plot is extremely poorly executed, and the writing is atrocious. The only people who should read The Pledge are those who enjoy cheap romance novels that no one buys at Stop and Shop, because frankly, this book was sappy beyond belief and could very well have had a picture of Fabio on the cover.
Please, spare yourself.

–O.M. (15)

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent takes place in dystopian Chicago, where society is divided into communities based on certain valued personality traits. Tris Prior is faced with the difficult decision of choosing which community she will join and face the rigorous training and initiation to become a member of her new “faction.” Tris, however, has the dangerous ability of being a “divergent,” and must learn what this means, and why this is so dangerous. This book was interesting and gripping, but the writing and character were only ok.

–O.M. (15)

Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia lives in “The Society,” a government of ordered simplicity. A limited amount of past culture is preserved, all others are destroyed. Cassia is given a page of illegal poetry by her Grandfather. Without the ability to create or even to write, Cassia finds conflict with the possibility of free will and imagination. This story, though interesting, is spoiled by a cliche love triangle and poor writing.

–O.M. (15)

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

In a dystopian United States where laws are based off the concept of morality, boring female protagonist Ember Miller finds herself in a series of trials after her rebellious mother is arrested. Escaping the government with childhood best friend Chase, Ember attempts to rescue her doomed mom. Though the concept of the book was interesting, the characters and writing fell flat. Though not fantastic Article Five was an entertaining book. Good for a quick read.

–O.M. (15)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent is the sequel to Divergent. Tris Prior, now a wanted girl, is banded with a group of rebels, intent on saving the populous from a mind control serum that has been implemented by a despot hiding a terrible secret. This sequel was not as good as the first one, but was still interesting and action-packed. However, the pacing was not great and there was an overdose of unnecessary, sappy romance.

–O.M. (15)

W.A.R.P. by Eoin Colfer

This book scores a solid 7 out of 10. A boy is transported from the past to the future where a team of F.B.I. agents are waiting for them. His master, a ruthless assassin, who has no concept of a conscience wants him back. When a team of go to the past to stop him, he is waiting.

— N.D. (age 14)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

You’ve never seen a Cinderella story like this. Cinder is a cyborg, part robot and not welcome in society. However, she’s the best mechanic in New Beijing which is how she gets the honor of fixing the prince’s broken android. Everything goes downhill from there when Cinder’s younger stepsister is infected by the deadly plague. Her evil stepmother donates her body to plague research and Cinder ends up finding more about herself than she ever wished. This thrilling sci-fi spin of the Disney princess will leave you dying for the next book.

— S.D. (age 14)

Catching Fire By: Suzanne Collins

This year is the 75th Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell, and a special “twist” is being put on the Games. The twist for the Quell is that the tributes will be chosen from the past victors from the district. District 12 only has three victors: Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch. Katniss and Peeta are chosen to be the ones to represent District 12. At the pre-games conferences, Peeta announces that Katniss is pregnant; this causes the whole country of Panem to go in madness and the Capitol to grow in fury. The next day… the Hunger Games begin! The arena is a clock and every hour, a different tragedy occurs: bloody rain, jaberjays, poisonous fog, and nine others. The Capitol also throws in some unexpected surprises to try and tear the “couple” apart. Will Katniss or Peeta be the won to win and claim the glory? Only one can survive.

—K.D. (age 14)